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Sthira Sukham Asanam (Seated posture should be steady and comfortable.)

Patanjali's basic advice in the Yoga Sutra may sound simple, but many find sitting in meditation painful and difficult. This sequence of poses can help bring ease to your seated posture.

By Linda Sparrowe

And as your meditative postures begin to grow stronger and more comfortable, let yourself enjoy those occasional moments when sitting becomes effortless, the subtle channels of your body open, and prana flows with total freedom.

Contributing Editor Linda Sparrowe has recently written two books: A Woman's Book of Yoga and Health: A Lifelong Guide to Wellness (Shambhala Publications, 2002) and Yoga: A Yoga Journal Book (Hugh Lauter Levin & Associates, 2002), which contains more than 375 of David Martinez's stunning asana photos and an overview of yoga history.

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Veena Grover RYT

I started My meditation practice & lessons in 1986, but could not understand the real meaning of Stillness.Body comfort is very important,Relaxation does not come with the thought of how to sit?Make yourself comfortable,either on chair or on floor or on the mat.Each person's body is different.Focus on the breath & relax.The above article is very helpful for all age group students.We make meditation painful, when we keep holding & don't try to relax.Relax, Relax & surrender.


This was such good information for me as an instructor with problem sitting cross legged. I wish there would have been some poses to download for instruction.

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